FMCSA

Agency seeks hazmat hauling plan comments

A record of the communications that includes the time of the call and location of the hazmat shipment may be kept by either the driver or the company.

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Driver hours changes: Bummer of a proposal?

Expectation among many haulers leading into FMCSA's Dec. 23 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to change drivers' hours of service regulations was that at least some larger degree of sleeper berth flexibility would be reintroduced in order that, as so many have put it to me over the past year's worth of debating the issue, "truck drivers can sleep when they're tired." It doesn't appear that we've gotten that at all, in spite of all the hope ...

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FMCSA proposes hours-of-service changes

One of the big questions had been whether FMCSA would reduce the number of driving hours allowed between off-duty periods from the current 11 to 10.

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Auto-texting, safety-minded app available for Android, Blackberry

On the heels of the Department of Transportation's proposed rule to ban handheld cell phone use by commercial drivers, I've been hearing from haulers who object to being singled out on the issue, as seems to be the modus operandi of this department when it comes to driving behavior of late. Given the predominance of texting and talking four-wheelers on the highways today, most would prefer any ban to be on all drivers using handhelds, ...

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Three weeks: FOIA turnaround for PSP information

On November 23, I made note of an avenue toward gaining access to crash and inspection information contained on drivers' Pre-Employment Screening Program reports. Working through the official FMCSA contractor, the fee to obtain a copy of the report to guarantee quality of the information is $10, but in my November 23 "Save $10 on CSA 2010" post I made note of drivers successfully making Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain the same information without ...

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FMCSA seeks handheld cell phone ban

Rule would prohibit interstate commercial trucker from reaching for, dialing or holding handheld cell phone while operating a commercial motor vehicle.

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December: Renamed CSA goes nationwide

The new federal safety program you’ve been hearing about all year expanded to all 50 states this week. Are you ready for it? To get your questions answered about the Compliance Safety Accountability program (formerly known as Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010), review our CSA Drivers Handbook. Want to grasp the whole process in a glance? Check our diagram to see how it works. You can keep up with the latest changes by visiting the official CSA 2010 site, maintained ...

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December: Renamed CSA goes nationwide

The new federal safety program you’ve been hearing about all year expanded to all 50 states this week.

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FMCSA goes live with CSA-related data

FMCSA's new disclaimer on Safety Measurement System data states the system does not represent a safety fitness determination.

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Most carriers unranked as CSA launches

Fewer than 14 percent of active motor carriers are ranked in any of the five safety categories within the new Safety Measurement System the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made public Dec. 12.

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